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'Of course I keep in touch with Erling' - Solskjaer not giving up on Haaland

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hopeful of signing Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hopeful of signing Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hopeful of signing Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he remains in contact with Erling Haaland as the Manchester United manager refused to rule out making a second bid to sign the much-coveted Norway striker.

United were confident they had a deal in place to sign Haaland only for the forward to instead join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in a £20 million deal 13 months ago.

Solskjaer has not discounted United making another attempt to sign his compatriot, whom he took to Molde from Bryne in 2017 before the player left for Salzburg two years later.

“I think when you’ve had kids and players through as a coach you follow them, of course, and I keep in touch with Erling,” Solskjaer said ahead of the second leg of United’s Europa League round-of-32 tie against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford tonight, with his side holding a commanding 4-0 first-leg advantage.

“So it’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to improve all the time.

“He’s a Dortmund player. We just wish him well there and then let’s see what life will bring later on.”

Pushed on Haaland, Solskjaer said: “One, you know I can’t speak about Erling because he’s with Borussia Dortmund and I think it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it apart from that I know him and that I speak to him.

“Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? Because everyone would say you’d take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.

“But for me and the recruitment, I think we’ve done well. I think the signings we’ve made since I’ve come to the club have all contributed and added to the squad.”

Solskjaer may hand Ivorian winger Amad Diallo his first start since his £18.2 million move from Atalanta.

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